A Need to Return to Conscience and Consciousness in Art Education

Anyone involved in art education for the past 50 years can document dramatic developments that have taken place in thinking about the nature of art and the role of art education in our schools. Indeed, we have witnessed a dramatic shift in the perceptions of art education in relation to community life. A major text for the field is John Dewey’s Art as Experience (1934). He emphasized transactional and transformative experiences in creating and responding to art.